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Silva's play helps North come up golden

February 08, 2008|By CHRIS CARTER

BOONSBORO -- North Hagerstown coach Barry Brown said sophomore guard Alex Silva had a "typical game" Thursday night against Boonsboro.

The scary part is, she did it in a matter of about 10 minutes.

Silva scored all 11 of her points in the second quarter and North outscored Boonsboro 25-6 in the frame as the Hubs stomped out the MVAL Antietam-leading Warriors, 69-35.

Silva had seven rebounds -- five offensive -- two steals and an assist, most of which came in the eight minutes before halftime.

"Alex Silva has been doing that for us all season. As she improves, we improve," Brown said. "She's a blue-collar player and makes a lot of plays. We're beginning to depend on her a good bit."

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Likewise, the No. 1 Hubs (16-2) have grown dependent on junior Kirksten Mitchell, who had a team-high 15 points to go with five rebounds and three assists. Mitchell and Silva, along with the rest of the Hubs starters, substituted out early in the third quarter with the game well in hand.

"The big lead allowed us to sub some of our top players early to avoid foul trouble and give them a rest later in the game," Brown said. "This is our third game in four days, so I was really pleased with the kids coming off the bench."

Brooke Burnett had eight points and seven rebounds and Lindsay Irving added seven points to lead the Hubs reserves.

North hit 26 of 52 shots and held a 37-17 rebounding edge. The Hubs led 14-5 at the end of the first quarter, behind 10 points from Mitchell, and used a pair of 9-0 runs in the second quarter to stake a 39-11 halftime lead.

The deficit never shrunk for the No. 5 Warriors (11-6), who welcome a return to Antietam action tonight against Brunswick. Brynn Arnone had a team-high nine points.

"We didn't play well at all. It's probably the worst we've played all year," said Warriors coach Max Shaffer. "It's kind of a good thing that we played so poorly in a non-conference game. So that's good."

* North made it a sweep after the boys survived a late charge by Boonsboro and held on for a 62-61 win.

Allen Sandberg hit five 3s for a game-high 20 points and made the clinching foul shots with 1.1 seconds left. Joe Mattei had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Alec Nelson had 11 points off the bench and Anthony Lee dished out 12 assists and made four steals.

"Our glue guys came through for us," said North coach Kevin Hartman.

The Hubs (5-12) led 54-42 with 4:48 remaining before Boonsboro surged. Adam Chambers sparked the run with a 3-pointer and Shane Zbir followed with a pair of free throws to close the score to 54-47. After a mid-range jumper from North's Bryan Calendine, the Warriors used a 7-0 spurt to cut the gap to 56-54 with 32 seconds left.

"I don't know if it's that we've had to come from behind so many times this year, or what," Hartman said. "We made some silly mistakes and couldn't hit anything from the foul line."

North missed the front end of three 1-and-1s and a layup by Zbir made it 59-58 with 10 seconds left. The Hubs led 60-58 when Chambers was fouled with 7.1 seconds left and went to the line for a 1-and-1, but his shot rimmed out. Sandberg snared the board and nailed his free throws to seal it.

Jake Pendergraft hit a meaningless bucket from half court at the buzzer for the deciding margin.

"Typically, I'd put Chambers at the line every game for that shot," said Boonsboro coach John Taylor. "We had our ups and downs. The second quarter and the turnover going into halftime really hurt us."

Boonsboro led 18-11 in the first quarter, but North closed the second quarter on a 9-0 run -- capped by four fast-break baskets by Nelson -- to take the lead for good.

Seth Poffenberger led the Warriors (4-13) with 15 points, while Zbir finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. Chambers had 12 points and Nico Wanko had 10.

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